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post #1 of 24
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The birth pool that I'd decided on is out of stock everywhere online and has been since beginning of March. One site says they'll be available in March, but it's nearly the end of March now. Another site says they'll be available April 1st. I'm 26 weeks now. Am I cutting it too close to wait on this pool? The one I decided on is the Aquaborn Eco Pool. I like it because it's a bit deeper than some others. But now I'm wondering if I should just get something else so that I've got a pool on the way. Anyone have any insight as to why this particular pool is unavailable everywhere right now (at least everywhere that I know to look)? I've been to yourwaterbirth.com and waterbirthsolutionsstore.com. If there are other places to buy online, I'm unaware of them. What do you guys think?

post #2 of 24

I haven't even thought about ordering my pool! I did see the Aquaborn for sale on eBay some time back. Have you checked there? Maybe your MW has a place? 

 

Oh! Precious Arrows. That's where I plan on ordering some of my supplies from. I don't know how they compare on price but it looks to be in stock. 

 

http://www.preciousarrows.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=70010 

post #3 of 24

Is the aquaborn heated?  I was planning on the aquadoula because it is heated, though not as easy to set up.  We used it for our first homebirth and liked it.

post #4 of 24

It's not heated. I used the fishy pool (inflatable) in mid-October and there were no problems keeping the water warm enough. Cooler water can always be exchanged for warmer water/warm water added/a tarp or plastic shower curtain can be placed over the top when not in use. They retain heat really well, especially in June, I'd imagine. The sides of the Aquadoula look terrible to me but I spent hours with my face planted in the cushy sides of the pool. 

post #5 of 24

I have also used a kiddie pool, I'm a good fan so haven't switched to anything else.

 

Here is another link.

 

http://inhishands.com/shop/Birth-Pools.63

post #6 of 24
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I have also used a kiddie pool, I'm a good fan so haven't switched to anything else.

 

You know, I've wondered if I'm missing anything by not spending the extra $100 + on a legit birth pool but I can't see where I could justify the cost. 

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It's not heated. I used the fishy pool (inflatable) in mid-October and there were no problems keeping the water warm enough. Cooler water can always be exchanged for warmer water/warm water added/a tarp or plastic shower curtain can be placed over the top when not in use. They retain heat really well, especially in June, I'd imagine. The sides of the Aquadoula look terrible to me but I spent hours with my face planted in the cushy sides of the pool. 



Thanks!  I am really liking the look of the Aquaborn one and the 3 minute set-up could push me over the edge.  My last baby was born in about 30 minutes and dh had the pool set up and half filled, but not in time to get in it.  I like the fast set up!

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Thanks!  I am really liking the look of the Aquaborn one and the 3 minute set-up could push me over the edge.  My last baby was born in about 30 minutes and dh had the pool set up and half filled, but not in time to get in it.  I like the fast set up!


I'm a big believer in doing a test run and having the pool blown up and ready to go. Mine stayed propped up against the bedroom wall for weeks. I have quick labours so I liked knowing

 

- the pool itself was ready

- which hose connecters fit which faucet

- that there wasn't a hole or some other malfunction

- if hot water heater was on high enough, how long the process of filling took

- that there were no odours from the pool or hose (my hose was terrible and the water even tasted funny despite being drinking water quality) 

- roughly what the break down process would be like 

 

I get sort of in hyper planner mode though orngtongue.gif I would just hate to count on the pool and have something unforeseen but preventable happening. 

post #9 of 24
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I'm a big believer in doing a test run and having the pool blown up and ready to go. Mine stayed propped up against the bedroom wall for weeks. I have quick labours so I liked knowing

 

- the pool itself was ready

- which hose connecters fit which faucet

- that there wasn't a hole or some other malfunction

- if hot water heater was on high enough, how long the process of filling took

- that there were no odours from the pool or hose (my hose was terrible and the water even tasted funny despite being drinking water quality) 

- roughly what the break down process would be like 

 

I get sort of in hyper planner mode though orngtongue.gif I would just hate to count on the pool and have something unforeseen but preventable happening. 


Just LOLing, b/c I am the SAME way. In fact as I type this my kids are blowing up my kiddie/birth pool from my last birth and we found two holes. I have my kis blow it up for good at 35 weeks. It stayed propped up on top of something until needed. I have quick labors, usually, too.

 

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I'm a big believer in doing a test run and having the pool blown up and ready to go. Mine stayed propped up against the bedroom wall for weeks. I have quick labours so I liked knowing

 

- the pool itself was ready

- which hose connecters fit which faucet

- that there wasn't a hole or some other malfunction

- if hot water heater was on high enough, how long the process of filling took

- that there were no odours from the pool or hose (my hose was terrible and the water even tasted funny despite being drinking water quality) 

- roughly what the break down process would be like 

 

I get sort of in hyper planner mode though orngtongue.gif I would just hate to count on the pool and have something unforeseen but preventable happening. 


 

I think this time around we will be more prepared.  Ds was 2 weeks early and there was so much going on at them time, I totally lost track of time and "BOOM!", there he was. LOL

I think we'll set up at 35 weeks this time around...36 week is May 22nd!  That's totally insane!!!   Time is flying!

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Mamatoabunch View Post

I have also used a kiddie pool, I'm a good fan so haven't switched to anything else.

 

Here is another link.

 

http://inhishands.com/shop/Birth-Pools.63



So you like the kiddie pool? I'm nervous about it only because I've bought three inflatable kiddie pools since my little one was born - one for each summer because they keep getting holes in them. So given my luck I tend to be drawn to the supposedly more durable waterbirth pools. Thanks for the link!



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Thanks!  I am really liking the look of the Aquaborn one and the 3 minute set-up could push me over the edge.  My last baby was born in about 30 minutes and dh had the pool set up and half filled, but not in time to get in it.  I like the fast set up!



What did you use last time? How long did that take to set up? I also like the idea of a quick set up. I'm thinking the handles look like they could be useful. This is without ever having birthed in a pool though, so you might know better than me. 



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I'm a big believer in doing a test run and having the pool blown up and ready to go. Mine stayed propped up against the bedroom wall for weeks. I have quick labours so I liked knowing

 

- the pool itself was ready

- which hose connecters fit which faucet

- that there wasn't a hole or some other malfunction

- if hot water heater was on high enough, how long the process of filling took

- that there were no odours from the pool or hose (my hose was terrible and the water even tasted funny despite being drinking water quality) 

- roughly what the break down process would be like 

 

I get sort of in hyper planner mode though orngtongue.gif I would just hate to count on the pool and have something unforeseen but preventable happening. 



You're very smart. I plan to do a test run, but we won't be able to leave the pool aired up. We're birthing in the middle of the room that I currently use for daycare so I'll have to wait until I know I'm in labor and sending kiddies home to actually air up the pool.

post #12 of 24
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What did you use last time? How long did that take to set up? I also like the idea of a quick set up. I'm thinking the handles look like they could be useful. This is without ever having birthed in a pool though, so you might know better than me. 



I used the "AquaDoula" because that is what my midwife rented out.  It is heated, which was cool, but there is no hanging over the sides and it took a few minutes to set up. 

I want to go with the Aquaborn this time around but the price difference in the fishy pool is tempting.  I love the cushiness of the AB and the handles.  Which one?!  Which one?!

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by kawa kamuri View Post





I'm a big believer in doing a test run and having the pool blown up and ready to go. Mine stayed propped up against the bedroom wall for weeks. I have quick labours so I liked knowing

 

- the pool itself was ready

- which hose connecters fit which faucet

- that there wasn't a hole or some other malfunction

- if hot water heater was on high enough, how long the process of filling took

- that there were no odours from the pool or hose (my hose was terrible and the water even tasted funny despite being drinking water quality) 

- roughly what the break down process would be like 

 

I get sort of in hyper planner mode though orngtongue.gif I would just hate to count on the pool and have something unforeseen but preventable happening. 


I wish I could do this! My cats would tear it to shreds if we left it blown up for any length of time without a flurry of activity around it. We will give it a try one day and then have to deflate it and put it away until the big day.

I like a fishy pool too. This is the one I have http://www.amazon.com/Swim-Center-Ocean-Reef-Pool/dp/B00005OARQ/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1300968967&sr=8-21
post #14 of 24
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Here's my question for those who feel the fishy pool love. Are the sides sturdy enough to lean on/over? The Aquaborn has these vertical support beams built in that are supposed to make it ultra sturdy. The reviews I've read of people that have used it say that they were able to be extremely rough with their pool and didn't have to worry about it. But the price on the fishy pool is tempting!

post #15 of 24

I spent a good few hours with my face planted into and my entire upper body weight on the sides of the fishy pool. Almost every moment I was in it - with the exception of pushing and the actual birth - I was being supported by the sides. Right before pushing I had the most fantastic lull in which I drifted to sleep, but when that next contraction hit I grabbed the sides of the pool and (so I hear) sort of pushed forcefully outward with no ill effects on the pool. So yes, I think it's very sturdy. No complaints there at all. 

 

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I wouldn't have used the handles. I figure they must be useful to some since the made-for-birth pools all seem to have them. 

 

I will say that my pool did develop a hole pre-birth. I don't know if that's a testement to quality of due to a home full of curious kids. I mean, it did have a bunch of smiling, cartoon fish on it so it was tempting to them! It was easy to patch and never gave me another problem. Another bonus was that my DP didn't have to put much effort into cleaning it and there was no guilt in popping and trashing after birth. We lived in an apartment with no storage and weren't planning on another baby (oops!). 

 

If I had the $$$ I'd probably buy LaBassine only because I find it pretty and I kind of get...very interested in the aetetics of birth space. I like the oval shape as well. It would be my top pick but frivilous because the only real draw for me is the *~pretty~* of it.

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I think the big, green AB is totally unappealing based on looks. I may end up with the Sevylor with similar looks to the LaBassine but need to read on it more. It can be tricky to find, too.

 

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More on that:

 

http://rixarixa.blogspot.com/2008/01/alternative-to-la-bassine.html

 

http://rixarixa.blogspot.com/2008/12/help-with-birth-pools.html

post #16 of 24
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So you like the kiddie pool? I'm nervous about it only because I've bought three inflatable kiddie pools since my little one was born - one for each summer because they keep getting holes in them. So given my luck I tend to be drawn to the supposedly more durable waterbirth pools. Thanks for the link!








You're very smart. I plan to do a test run, but we won't be able to leave the pool aired up. We're birthing in the middle of the room that I currently use for daycare so I'll have to wait until I know I'm in labor and sending kiddies home to actually air up the pool.

I have used the kiddie pool w/ my 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. W/ my first it developed some kind of leak in one of the rings seams during birth. It was the 120" one. My mom was climbing in the corner back and forth and I don't know if it had anything to do w/ it. It did not compromise my birth at all. It was filled for more than 18 hours and at that size it still stayed warm. It only needed a few scoops out of water and some hot added. In between uses we covered the water w/ a plastic shower curtain. 

 

My 4th I used our garden tub in my bedroom. Hated it, it was too hard for me, especially the bottom.

 

I used the 60" one linked above for my 5th. Worked great, stayed warm in December in my cold bathroom. Labor 4 hours.

 

I used the 77" one that is 5 sided I think. It was too big for my taste, I preferred the 60". Also stayed warm in December in my bathroom. Labor 4 hours. After birth cat jumped on it and punctured it on top ring.

 

I used the same 60" one for 7th, 8th, and 9th. After the birth I let dh let the kids play in it. As par for course dh left it out for a few months and it was ruined. i was sad, I had it for three births, but figured I had a while until another baby, LOL. I conceived 4 months later.

 

I bought a new 60" one just like above for my 10th. Aesetically I did not like the white bottom and top ring, otherwise the same, my other pools had blue bottom and top ring.

 

Can you put the pool in another room. Mine has been wedged on top of a tv, dresser, play yard.
 

 

post #17 of 24
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Here's my question for those who feel the fishy pool love. Are the sides sturdy enough to lean on/over? The Aquaborn has these vertical support beams built in that are supposed to make it ultra sturdy. The reviews I've read of people that have used it say that they were able to be extremely rough with their pool and didn't have to worry about it. But the price on the fishy pool is tempting!



In seven waterbirths in them, I have leaned for hours people have sat on the edge, I have sat on the edge, kids have climbed in and out. It supported very well.

post #18 of 24

Annabelle, I just have to say that I think you're one amazing and fierce mama love.gif

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Annabelle, I just have to say that I think you're one amazing and fierce mama love.gif


Amen!

I leaned on the side of my fishy pool for hours, too. I had no problems with it being too squishy or anything. Really, it was just about perfect and I would not tempt fate with trying something else this time around! thumb.gif
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Annabelle, I just have to say that I think you're one amazing and fierce mama love.gif



Thank you!

 

So I guess my pool is screwed b/c it isn't holding air  in the middle ring. I had it all boxed up, but the box caved as my cats slept on it and they must have done something. Add that to my list to buy another. It would be fine for a kids pool though, so not all is lost.

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